DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Shiny Hair

ACV Hair RinseSince this week is “hair week” at Jenni Raincloud HQ, I had to share a super simple recipe for a hair rinse.  It’s just apple cider vinegar and water (with a few essential oils added in, of course!).  I know what you’re thinking-Apple Cider Vinegar stinks!  Yes, it does.  BUT, don’t knock this until you try it-ACV does amazing things for hair-and I promise, you won’t smell like vinegar.  Instead, you’ll have shiny, silky, happy hair!

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for the Hair

  • Seals the hair cuticle-which helps hair maintain moisture.
  • Helps detangle the hair
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Removes product and chemical build up without stripping hair of moisture.
  • Restores pH
  • Soothes itchy dry scalp
  • Prevents split ends.
  • Makes hair shine!

Pretty exciting, right?  Let’s talk a little more about pH-I’ve stated many times through out my posts that pH is vital for healthy skin.  When pH is off in your skin, excessive dryness or oiliness can occur.  The same is true with the hair.  It is so important that we restore pH after shampooing.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Why does Apple Cider Vinegar Give You Shiny Hair?

So when I see someone with really shiny hair the first thing I think is, “WOW, they must be really healthy”.  Just look at little kids hair.  They have the most gorgeous shiny hair.  That’s the goal.  Apple Cider Vinegar smooths the cuticle of the hair.  When hair cuticles are uniform and smooth, light can reflect.  When we shampoo, the cuticles open.  If they stay open the hair will look dull and dry and the light will be absorbed rather than deflected.  Residue from products inevitably will build up on your hair.  The more build up you have, the less shine.   ACV removes build up and shine is restored!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (I prefer THIS brand)

1/2 cup Water

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (find it HERE)

How to Use

I keep mine in the shower in a spray bottle.  I use 3 times a week.  On those 3 days, the rinse replaces my conditioner.  I’m not kidding.  I have dry hair, and thought I desperately would need conditioner to smooth my hair out, but honestly, ACV works better.

  1. Shampoo your hair as usual.
  2. Spray a generous amount into your hair.
  3. Massage your hair.
  4. Let it set for about 2 minutes then quickly, not thoroughly, rinse it out with water.

Your hair will stink while it’s wet.  I SWEAR, once it dries, you won’t smell apple cider vinegar!  I add Rosemary to mine because it helps hair grow.  I also add Lavender for the smell, and it’s moisturizing properties.

Try this out-I know you’ll be happy you did!  It’s so easy and much healthier and cheaper than clarifying shampoos and spray shines!  Don’t forget to check out more DIY hair care HERE!

xx, Jenni


Apple cider hair rinse diy




  1. chandice
    February 13, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Hi Jenni
    Quick question. Could I use any kind of eo’s in the vinegar rise? I bought a wonderful combination eo from Edens Garden. It has pachouli orange and I can’t remember the other. And I probably spelled ravioli wrong! Hahaha.


    • Janette
      November 15, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      I think lavender and rosemary are used in this recipe because they’re good for the skin and hair, not just for scent. If you wanted to add an oil just for scent, I think your patchouli orange would be fine.

  2. chandice
    February 13, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Hahahaha! Not ravioli. I must be really tired! 😀


  3. Jane H.
    March 5, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Will this do anything to colored hair? Want to give this a try but need to be sure it won’t turn my hair colors 🙂

    • March 5, 2014 / 9:32 am

      Jane-this is tricky-I have colored hair, but have not colored in at least 6 mos. My hair was dyed and since it’s been 6 mos., it’s naturally faded. I see no issues with the vinegar rinse. My mother has platinum blonde hair and colors her roots monthly-she has seen no change in her color either. I searched online and found a few people saying they used it too soon after a dye job and saw the color going down the drain-My conclusion is that if you color your hair regularly with dye I would skip this if you are nervous about fading. Hope this helps!

  4. Cher
    March 18, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    I have really oily hair (yet really dry skin on my face…weird) …I’ve tried acv on my before and it made it pretty oily still! Any suggestions?? I’ve just started using goats milk soap instead of shampoo and I love it!! But I need something to help me get a comb thru it!!!

    • March 19, 2014 / 7:43 am

      Cher-I have the exact same issue. I’m greasier this winter then ever yet my face is almost painfully dry! I’m sorry to say I haven’t found a solution-I spray ACV on my roots in the shower and have found some improvement but not much. Ylang Ylang helps balance the skin so I have thought about massaging my scalp with it daily, but haven’t tried that yet. I’ve never heard of goats milk for shampoo, interesting! I do have a detangler- You can also get an organic conditioner and pour just a bit into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water-this will work really well to get knots out. Hope this helps!

  5. Kristin
    September 20, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    This has changed my hair’s life! I have thick curly hair and I only wash it 2-3 times a week. I found a commercial conditioner that worked pretty well but I’ve always had a problem with my hair being frizzy after it dries. It takes a day or two to get my sexy curls back and then it’s time to wash again. The conditioner was expensive so I started using coconut oil instead. I’d still have the frizz problem. First time I used this ACV rinse, no frizz. It’s amazing! Now, when I wash my hair, I use baby shampoo then ACV. No conditioner, no coconut oil, and I don’t have to put anything in my hair afterwards anymore. I’ve never loved my hair so much! I can’t stop gushing about it and telling my friends about ACV! Seriously. Changed my life.

  6. Aaliyah
    March 14, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Is it essential to use Rosemary oil in this spray? *I don’t have any

    • March 15, 2015 / 6:22 pm

      Aaliyah-No, I only added it because it revs up circulation in the scalp which may help the hair grow longer, faster.

  7. Tavia
    February 26, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    I have been using 1/2 acv & 1/2 water mix as my conditioner for months now. Recently, I used my sister’s commercial conditioner & noticed that it leaves my hair much shinier than acv. In fact, from my experience, acv only helps my hair from getting tangly after shampooing (Dr. Bronner’s), but not shiny. Any suggestion?


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    • Jenni
      April 20, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Thank you!

  9. Christina
    May 9, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Hi Jenni,

    Is it ok to use ACV on the scalp – not just hair? I’ve been using ACV rinse on my scalp and hair for quite some time now not with a 50-50 ratio more like 70-30 (water to ACV) and I was wondering whether this is ok.

    • Jenni
      May 20, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Christina-It is! It’s great for the scalp! I even have it in a DIY toner!

  10. Paola
    July 6, 2018 / 3:19 am

    Hi Jenni
    Thanks for all your posts, you have been really inspiring and your DIY skin care is really awesome! I cannot use chemical stuff anymore!
    I have lots of lavender and rosemary in my garden. Could I use infused vinegar with fresh herbs instead? Or is better to dry them?

    • Jenni
      August 13, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Paola-I’m not 100% sure but I think by drying them you get rid of the risk of bacteria. You are so welcome!!

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